North Kinsman and South Kinsman Trail via Lonesome Lake and Appalachian Trail

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North Kinsman and South Kinsman Trail via Lonesome Lake and Appalachian Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3290 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

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forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

This trail will bring you past Lonesome Lake in an old glacial cirque, past Kinsman Pond to the Kinsman Peaks which are the highest in the range. Kinsman is an open summit offering good views but North Kinsman is wooded with some views to the east. This hike is the quickest and easiest way to get to both peaks in one hike. Park in the Lafayette Campground. Take the Lonesome Lake Trail north and turn left in the Cascade Brook trail until you reach the Lonesome Lake Hut (Operated by the AMC). You may want to rest there, and you can grab a snack, juice, or tea for a few bucks. Continue up into the Fishing Jimmy trail. At the four way intersection you want to continue north (left would take you to the shelter, and right would take you to Cannon Mountain (another popular destination)). Soon you will reach North Kinsman. You have to step east a few feet into the view to take pictures of the White Mountains. Continue the trail to South Kinsman. Retrace to return to your car. Some people combine this hike with Cannon Mountain into a longer hike. You can also do it as a backpack if you stay at the Kinsman shelter.

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1 day ago

Summited both Kinsmans via Fishin' Jimmy and Kinsman Ridge Trails. On the way down, we decided to continue along Kinsman Ridge Trail, over the Cannon Balls and on to summit Cannon. Got lazy and took the tram down, then hiked along the Pemi Trail to get back to the Lafayette Campground parking area.

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5 days ago

Ascended north peak from cannon mountain via the cannon balls and crossed the ridge in order to reach the south peak. The cannon balls required a great deal of scrambling and the ridge trail consisted of a lot of ups and downs for the majority of the miles. We took the steep and tricky fishin' jimmy trail down to lonesome lake trail and were glad for the quick descent it allowed us to make. I recommend stopping at the lonesome lake hut on the way down for water and refueling.

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1 month ago

The lonesome lake trail is closed so the only way up from the campground is via the hi cannon trail. I headed up at 7 am and didn't run into much traffic and was pleasantly surprised that the climbs to both peaks weren't very busy given it was a beautiful Sunday in July. Typical white mountain hiking so expect rocks and roots.

Lonesome lake is quite popular and was busy so the hike back to the parking lot was jammed a bit. 8:45 time for the round trip to both peaks.

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5 months ago

Recently went and there was about 3 feet of snow on the ground. Some form of traction is a must to get up there and back without problems. Views of North Kinsman were spectacular!

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Monday, August 08, 2016

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

This hike has very many interesting features all along the way. Lonesome Lake Trail on the ascent was not too difficult and made even better by the switchbacks. Over the lake there were gorgeous views of Franconia Ridge.

Fishin' Jimmy Trail, the ascent from the lake to Kinsman Pond, was very memorable, difficult and fun. Wood blocks were mounted in the sides of the rock face and chunks were carved out of boulders to provide footholds. This trail was challenging but was definitely worth the effort due to the interesting features of the trail itself.

We had good views from North Kinsman - 180 views of Franconia Ridge and Loon Mountain. South Kinsman also had good views of Moosilauke and the valley around Easton. The clouds started to roll in making it a bit chilly and damp - make sure to bring warm clothes even in summer!

Overall this was a beautiful hike with interesting trails, beautiful lake and pond and we met a lot of really friendly peakbaggers along the way.